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Fundamentals #110 – Floc Brewing Pleasure Theory V2 NEIPA

Canterbury Floc Brewing Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis New England IPA

Fundamentals #110 – Floc Brewing Pleasure Theory V2 NEIPA

Pleasure is undoubtedly one of the most fundamental things about beer, and why we drink it. In fact, I explore this topic as much in my book, Modern British Beer, in which I pose that experiencing joy through drinking delicious beer is largely the reason why we crack these cans during our downtime, enhancing that feeling of warmth and contentment that relaxing brings us. Pleasure is also something we experience through great music. (In fact, in the earliest days of this column I used to recommend some listening to accompany the beer I was reviewing. Perhaps this should make a...

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Fundamentals #109 – Brick x Hop Burns & Black HOP East Coast IPA

Brick Brewery Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis New England IPA SE London

Fundamentals #109 – Brick x Hop Burns & Black HOP East Coast IPA

Back in the early days of this column, the principle of each month’s feature was to focus on a single element within the brewing process, be it an ingredient or method, and expand on it. In a typically Hop Burns & Black fashion, that went out the window in favour of fun and whimsy. But for a one-off I’m going to try and reign that back in. Forgive me if I get a little sentimental over the next few paragraphs. (It is Christmas after all, and if you can’t do that now, then when can you?) Trust is one of...

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Fundamentals #106 — Burnt Mill Polar Energy IPA

Burnt Mill Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis New England IPA Suffolk

Fundamentals #106 — Burnt Mill Polar Energy IPA

The New England IPA has been the source of much debate since it emerged from innovative breweries in the North-Eastern US over the past decade or so. Should beer really be this hazy? Is a beer with no discernible bitterness really an IPA? Does any of this matter if it’s delicious, and people enjoy it immensely? In answer to the latter: Absolutely not. The style has also been the subject of much technical debate within the brewing industry. Not only due to the way this style uses a significantly larger volume of hops that many styles have previously, but in...

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Fundamentals #94 — Track Down Is The New Up New England IPA

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Fundamentals #94 — Track Down Is The New Up New England IPA

Sometimes I’ll try and convince myself that I’m bored of NEIPA. That, somehow, I’m better than it. That my taste has become too sophisticated, my palate transcending to a plane far beyond the physical realm where I sit and enjoy my crispy lagers, while leaving the proletariat to their juice. But there’s always a beer to draw me back in and remind me that when done well, like any beer style, NEIPA can be delicious. And, holy shit, this bad boy, Down is the New Up from Manchester’s Track Brew Co, ticks all the boxes. Then it grabs someone else's paper and ticks...

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Fundamentals #43 — Signature Brew Reverb New England IPA

Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis New England IPA Signature Brew

Fundamentals #43 — Signature Brew Reverb New England IPA

Long before I entered the beer industry, I wanted to be a record producer. A childish pipe dream, perhaps. But still I went to University and took a degree in sound engineering. I was even quite good at it (IMO.) But alas the call of beer led me away from the music career that could have been. Which was probably for the best really. What studying sound engineering has never taken away from me is how it changed the way I listened to music. I don’t hear songs, I hear individual tracks. Each treated with an array of different tools...

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